Allen Newendyke (left) and Ryan Moser make some last minute adjustments to their "Simply Complicated" robot before a round of competition in Batavia, on Saturday February 2, 2013. | Jon Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media ORG XMIT: email@example.com
The Great Lakes Midwest Illinois Robotics championships resemble a three ring circus, but with performing robots and their drivers, instead of animals with their trainers. | Jon Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media ORG XMIT: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abbott Middle School 8th graders Nathan Massa (center right) 14, and Brian Espinosa (far right) 13, react as their teams RoboWarriors robot competes in the FIRST LEGO League Illinois Batavia Green Regional competition at Rotolo Middle School in Batavia on Saturday, December 15, 2012.
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Elgin Robotics Team (L-R) Matthew McKellar, 16, Chris Laker, 14, Marcos Marquez, 16, Kristen McKellar, 16, and Noah Kaldenberger practice with their robot "Bessie" at the Elgin Tech Center in the Tower Building Saturday. January 5, 2013. The team won Inspire Award at the state championship and qualified to compete at Worlds in April. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media